Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Recumbent What IS that thing?! Recumbents may be odd looking, but they have many advantages over a "wedgie" bicycle. Discuss the in's and out's recumbent lifestyle in the recumbent forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-12-17, 07:01 AM   #1
rydabent
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
Posts: 6,743
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 861 Post(s)
Trikes are making huge inroads in the recumbent area of cycling

Just look at youtube videos of the 2017 Midwest Recumbent Rally. Back in 2008 when I attended the MRR there were only a few riders on trikes. Now in 2017 it looks like at least half of the riders were on trikes.

Maybe this can be laid to the fact that the bent riders of the 90s and the 00s are getting older and going to trikes. It will be interesting to see how the bent scene shakes out in another 5 to 10 years.
rydabent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-17, 01:30 PM   #2
Trsnrtr
(Tresenriter)
 
Trsnrtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Central Illinois
Bikes: Giant Propel, Gianni Motta, Co-Motion Supremo, Catrike Speed, ICE VTX, Bacchetta CA2.0
Posts: 12,948
Mentioned: 55 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3953 Post(s)
Trikes have really taken off.
__________________
Dennis T

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Trsnrtr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-17, 10:49 PM   #3
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 8,423
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 221 Post(s)
When the Recumbent Retreat started 20 years ago, there were about 30 bikes and two trikes. Now it's about 70 trikes and 30 bikes. It's still all fun.

https://vimeo.com/59688039
__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-17, 09:21 AM   #4
rydabent
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
Posts: 6,743
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 861 Post(s)
Pretty much it seems that once a person rides a trike, they are hooked. Here in Lincoln now when on my usual 30 mile ride I almost always see at least one trike.
rydabent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-17, 10:34 AM   #5
Hoopdriver
On Holiday
 
Hoopdriver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Monkey Bottom, NC
Bikes: A bunch of old steel bikes
Posts: 240
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 76 Post(s)
Trikes are rare around here, but I see others occasionally. I get a lot of questions when I ride mine, though, but interest wanes once they hear the price tag.
Hoopdriver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-17, 08:34 PM   #6
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V3 cromo, RANS Screamer
Posts: 14,431
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 268 Post(s)
"Why would you want to ride something weird like that?" said JanMM with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.
__________________
RANS V3 Ti, RANS V3 Cromo, RANS Screamer
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-17, 09:43 PM   #7
varaonaid
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Trikes definitely have taken off. I've heard one of the fastest growing segments of cycling. It's evident in the fact that HPV's US warehouses stock completely ran out of their Gekko FX 20 back in June (at the start of the summer) and Gekko FX 26 shortly thereafter and Catrike just doubled their manufacturing location and are adding a lot of additional employees. Not sure what's driving the increases but as a trike rider myself, it's such great fun. It's interesting to watch interest and adoption grow.
varaonaid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-17, 06:10 AM   #8
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
Posts: 27,996
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 666 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
"Why would you want to ride something weird like that?"
I don't think that I've ever been asked that question. Possibly, after considering the rider, they don't feel the need to ask. While I have sensed some unstated disapproval from some of my riding fellows, I'm also getting a number of interested questions from others.
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-17, 08:21 PM   #9
JanMM
rebmeM roineS
 
JanMM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Metro Indy, IN
Bikes: RANS V3 ti, RANS V3 cromo, RANS Screamer
Posts: 14,431
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 268 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
"Why would you want to ride something weird like that?" said JanMM with his tongue planted firmly in his cheek.
This is the question that could be in the mind of someone riding something completely different from what another person is riding. Not usually voiced.
__________________
RANS V3 Ti, RANS V3 Cromo, RANS Screamer
JanMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-17, 07:30 AM   #10
rydabent
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
rydabent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Lincoln Ne
Bikes: RANS Stratus TerraTrike Cruiser
Posts: 6,743
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 861 Post(s)
Just look how TerraTrike and Catrike have had to expand the production lines in the last few years.
rydabent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-17, 07:03 PM   #11
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 10,001
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 520 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I don't think that I've ever been asked that question. Possibly, after considering the rider, they don't feel the need to ask. While I have sensed some unstated disapproval from some of my riding fellows, I'm also getting a number of interested questions from others.
LOL Jan's tongue was firmly planted in his cheek because recumbent riders in general tend to get that question from upright riders.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-17, 10:30 PM   #12
tmac100
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Doha, Qatar
Bikes: More bicycles than I can ride at one time: custom made tourers, Brompton 6-speed, Indian-made roadster.
Posts: 823
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 71 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rydabent View Post
Just look how TerraTrike and Catrike have had to expand the production lines in the last few years.
Greenspeed too. My 2006-built GTO has finally circled the globe (eastward) and is now being ridden regularly in Victoria. An older machine but it sure is robust - not being used by a 106 kg rider with lumbar vertenrae issues.

Saw the new Magnum at a Melbourne bike shop so added some of it's enhancements (locking brake levers) to the GTO. New Schwalbe Marathons are a nice robust set of ti(y)res too.
tmac100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-17, 06:08 AM   #13
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 10,001
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 520 Post(s)
When I attended the Smokey Mountain Recumbent Rally in 2016, it was attended by something like 99 trike riders and 3 upright riders.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-17, 05:36 PM   #14
Trsnrtr
(Tresenriter)
 
Trsnrtr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Central Illinois
Bikes: Giant Propel, Gianni Motta, Co-Motion Supremo, Catrike Speed, ICE VTX, Bacchetta CA2.0
Posts: 12,948
Mentioned: 55 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3953 Post(s)
Xenia, this weekend, was about 23 trikes to 2 or 3 two-wheelers all three days.
__________________
Dennis T

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Trsnrtr is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-12-17, 10:42 PM   #15
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 8,423
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 221 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
When the Recumbent Retreat started 20 years ago, there were about 30 bikes and two trikes. Now it's about 70 trikes and 30 bikes. It's still all fun.

https://vimeo.com/59688039

Last Saturday:

__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-17, 05:50 AM   #16
Retro Grouch 
Senior Member
 
Retro Grouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
Posts: 27,996
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 666 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
When the Recumbent Retreat started 20 years ago, there were about 30 bikes and two trikes. Now it's about 70 trikes and 30 bikes. It's still all fun.
Are the 30 bikes still the same guys as 20 years ago?
__________________
My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.
Retro Grouch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-17, 06:18 AM   #17
CliffordK
Senior Member
 
CliffordK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Eugene, Oregon, USA
Bikes:
Posts: 15,373
Mentioned: 56 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3967 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
When the Recumbent Retreat started 20 years ago, there were about 30 bikes and two trikes. Now it's about 70 trikes and 30 bikes. It's still all fun.

https://vimeo.com/59688039
I wonder if it isn't that people are bailing on the 2 wheel recumbents, but rather the two wheelers are occupying the same fringe niche they had twenty years ago.

The three wheelers is a new growth area.
CliffordK is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-13-17, 06:47 AM   #18
Juan Foote
LBKA (formerly punkncat)
 
Juan Foote's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Jawja
Bikes: Spec Roubaix SL4, GT Traffic 1.0
Posts: 3,232
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 534 Post(s)
I have to say that I loved riding my trike. It was comfortable, had a neat layout to have and use your gadgets onboard, was stable (for the most part) and felt super fast going down a hill. It was awesome while I lived in an area with gentle rolling hills and good sight lines. The area I am in now is full of quick rollers with no sight lines. Either way I leave from the house has one or more within a mile. Even with a flag I was constantly in fear of being hit, and had several close calls.

We started loading ours up to ride on paths that are nearby. We are pretty lucky in that we have a golf cart heavy area nearby with an expansive network of paths serving the entire town. Aside from having to load the 40+ pound bikes up (loaded), and haul them down there, the paths were in rough shape with root heave at the time. We ended up selling ours to some folks we "knew" down in Columbus, GA...where it's flat.

If I were to purchase again, which is certainly on my mind, it would be after I move and have rear suspension. I would prefer having a model with a better design on the boom than the previous Catrikes as well, but not to say I wouldn't look at the brand again. We were pretty happy with them, overall.
Juan Foote is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-18-17, 10:35 PM   #19
Jeff Wills
Insane Bicycle Mechanic
 
Jeff Wills's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: other Vancouver
Bikes:
Posts: 8,423
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 221 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Are the 30 bikes still the same guys as 20 years ago?
Most of them have converted... or simply brought both two wheelers and three wheelers to the Retreat. The trails around Fort Stevens are excellent for tootling around on trikes.

__________________
Jeff Wills

Comcast nuked my web page. It will return soon..
Jeff Wills is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-19-17, 02:38 PM   #20
Harhir
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Plano, TX
Bikes: 1994 Trekking bike from Fahrradmanufaktur, 1988 Gazelle, 2000 Lightning phantom, 19?? bikeE
Posts: 214
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 37 Post(s)
I have talked to several dealers here and they are all telling me that lots of folks have balance issues with two wheel recumbents. Therefore the trikes have become way more popular.

I just started with the recumbent bikes. But I have started with two wheelers first. The main reasons are:
- I commute by bike and we have a bike rack in the office at the bottom of a stairwell. Basically indoor covered parking. But the doors, corridors and corners to the stairwell are too narrow for a trike. I would have to leave it outside.
- Lots of the trails in our area date back to 80s and are narrow. 6 feet or less and with lots of other folks on these trails the trikes can become too wide as well.
- And last but not least used two wheel recumbents are cheaper to find.

These were the main reasons I started with two wheel recumbents. I also need to find out if I need a more upright or reclined seat position. I have degenerative arthritis in my spine and I am very sensitive to seat angle, neck and shoulder support. Therefore I bought two used recumbents which are very opposite: One is a Phantom Lightning with a very reclined seat and the other one is Bike-E with a more upright feeling. Paid just a little over $300 for both bikes combined. If they work: great. If not I probably can sell them for the same price.
But maybe sometime in the future I might move on to a trike or add one to the collection.
Harhir is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-17, 05:53 AM   #21
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 10,001
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 520 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Harhir View Post
I have talked to several dealers here and they are all telling me that lots of folks have balance issues with two wheel recumbents. Therefore the trikes have become way more popular.
Most folks are wobbly when first learning how to ride a recumbent. It's a different position and you can't balance them by shifting your weight around; you have to steer them. What I see is a lot of middle-agers who realize they need to add some exercise to their lives and lose some weight; but want the easiest way out possible. That means a trike, since there's no learning curve and no minimum speed. They can tootle around the bike path at 3 mph and feel good about 'exercising.' There are two of these people where I work. Neither one rides regularly, and of course neither has gained any fitness or lost any weight since getting their trikes.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-17, 12:10 PM   #22
VegasTriker
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sin City, Nevada
Bikes: Catrike 700, Greenspeed GTO trike, , Linear LWB recumbent, Haluzak Horizon SWB recumbent, Balance 450 MTB, Cannondale SM800 Beast of the East
Posts: 1,828
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 215 Post(s)
You got a fantastic deal on the Lightning Phantom if you got both bikes for $300 considering the newer Phantom II is still in production with an MSRP of $1,890. It will definitely be harder to learn to ride than the BikeE. Bicycleman in Alfred NY compares it to my Haluzak Horizon but mine has underseat steering. I also owned a BikeE AT which has since been thrown into the dumpster. It was the easiest recumbent for test rides and quickly adjustable for different sized riders but I just hated the way it handled and the "modest" gear range. My second recumbent was a long wheelbased Linear and it was way more efficient than the BikeE. Maybe if first time buyers tried a long wheelbased recumbent they would buy that instead of the trike. Shops are now carrying lots of trikes because you carry what will move out the door quickly. You can even find them at reasonable prices on CL. My local CL has 3 trikes - Catrike Road for $1,500, a Catrike Trail for $1,600, and a Terratrike Zoomer Elite for $800. The Road and the Trail are worth buying.
I ride a trike most of the time and it is not because I'm tipsy but because the trike is so much more fun to ride.
VegasTriker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-17, 02:50 AM   #23
OldTryGuy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SW Fl.
Bikes: 1982 Custom Touring Paramount, 1983 Road Paramount, 2013 Giant Propel Advanced SL3, 2002 Magna 7sp hybrid, 1976 Bassett Racing 45sp Cruiser
Posts: 3,521
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 370 Post(s)
Trikes are easily the LAZY BOY of the pedaling industry. Why shouldn't they be on the move to a greater segment of the cycling industry, after all, we ain't getting any younger.

Ride today for this 67yo is the Six Gap Century CycleNorthGeorgia.com Home of the Six Gap Century , not too trike friendly. Some day in the future might find me on a trike for the Spacecoast Freewheelers Cross Florida Ride https://spacecoastfreewheelers.com/charities/xfl/. "IN THE FUTURE"

Y'all enjoy your steeds.
OldTryGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-17, 05:17 PM   #24
BlazingPedals
Senior Member
 
BlazingPedals's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Middle of da Mitten
Bikes: Trek 7500, RANS V-Rex, Optima Baron, Velokraft NoCom, M-5 Carbon Highracer, homebuilt recumbent
Posts: 10,001
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 520 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldTryGuy View Post
Some day in the future might find me on a trike for the Spacecoast Freewheelers Cross Florida Ride https://spacecoastfreewheelers.com/charities/xfl/. "IN THE FUTURE"
I believe that event is dominated by a few bents every year. But they're not trike-type bents.
BlazingPedals is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-17, 06:53 PM   #25
OldTryGuy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SW Fl.
Bikes: 1982 Custom Touring Paramount, 1983 Road Paramount, 2013 Giant Propel Advanced SL3, 2002 Magna 7sp hybrid, 1976 Bassett Racing 45sp Cruiser
Posts: 3,521
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 370 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I believe that event is dominated by a few bents every year. But they're not trike-type bents.
Maybe I'll be the first
OldTryGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.
I HAVE A QUESTION